New government needs to 'own' new mental health strategy – MHC Chief

New government needs to 'own' new mental health strategy – MHC Chief

An updated mental health strategy should not be published until a new government is in place, says the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Commission.

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Ant and Dec, David Walliams and Phillip Schofield appear in mental health video

Ant and Dec, David Walliams and Phillip Schofield appear in mental health video

The video is part of ITV’s mental health campaign Britain Get Talking.

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Almost 5,200 people on waiting lists for National Counselling Service

Almost 5,200 people on waiting lists for National Counselling Service

At least 169 people have been waiting at least a year to be seen by the HSE's National Counselling Service.

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Rotunda opens new Mental Health Hub for women and their babies

Rotunda opens new Mental Health Hub for women and their babies

The Rotunda Hospital has a opened a new Mental Health Hub to help women and their babies who have been impacted by mental health problems.

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Mother says 'you are not alone' as she urges public to donate to Darkness into Light's sunrise appeal

Mother says 'you are not alone' as she urges public to donate to Darkness into Light's sunrise appeal

Despite the nationwide mental health walk, Darkness into Light, not going ahead this year in the usual way, one mother who lost her teenage daughter to suicide is pleading with the public to still donate.

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Documentary has made young people consider their mental health

Documentary has made young people consider their mental health

New research has shown that young people who watched a frank documentary about mental health said they were more likely to seek help for their own issues.

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WITH a little help: Supporting children whose parents have mental illness

WITH a little help: Supporting children whose parents have mental illness

Helen O’Callaghan speaks to Dr Sharyn Byrne, a senior clinical psychologist and WITH project lead.

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Comedy is an ‘important’ tool for discussing mental health, says Nish Kumar

Comedy is an ‘important’ tool for discussing mental health, says Nish Kumar

The Mash Report host is set to feature in Dave’s Comedy Against Living Miserably.

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Almost 20% of students in health-related courses in UCC suffer extreme stress

Almost 20% of students in health-related courses in UCC suffer extreme stress

Almost one-in-five students across a range of medical third level courses suffer extreme stress according to a new study, with an academic supervisor claiming stress during training can help once they are working in frontline fields.

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Bob Geldof on grief, fame and social media: ‘Life ...  if you do it you get through it’

Bob Geldof on grief, fame and social media: ‘Life ... if you do it you get through it’

With the release of a new Boomtown Rats album and book, Bob Geldof talks to Hannah Stephenson about grief, fame and the scourge of social media.

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No privacy screens between beds at Cork mental health facility

No privacy screens between beds at Cork mental health facility

An inspection of a mental health facility in Cork found its residents were not receiving adequate privacy or outdoor space.

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The Irish Examiner View: Reports show value of checks

The Irish Examiner View: Reports show value of checks

The Mental Health Commission published three inspection reports yesterday. Two were positive. An Coillín, in Mayo, and Dublin’s Highfield Hospital improved overall compliance, by 10% and 9% , but the third unit — St Michael’s, in the Mercy University Hospital in Cork — saw its compliance rating drop by a substantial, worrying 8%.

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Mental Health Commission blames Hollywood films for 'stigmatising' vital form of treatment

Mental Health Commission blames Hollywood films for 'stigmatising' vital form of treatment

The Mental Health Commission is concerned a vital form of treatment has become 'stigmatised based on Hollywood movies'.

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Over 50 given electro-convulsive therapy without consent in 2018

Over 50 given electro-convulsive therapy without consent in 2018

More than 50 people were given electro-convulsive therapy without their consent in 2018, according to a new study.

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How to have a healthier relationship with your phone

How to have a healthier relationship with your phone

Want to work on your phone boundaries? Abi Jackson talks to some experts.

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UK rail company asks Twitter users to show empathy after person hit by train

UK rail company asks Twitter users to show empathy after person hit by train

Journeys along the London North Eastern Railway between Peterborough and Stevenage were cancelled and delayed after someone was hit by a train.

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Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?

Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?

THE number of children with mental health issues presenting to the paediatric emergency department in Temple Street has increased dramatically, according to a study by Dr Eoin Fitzgerald.

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Mental Health Commission of Ireland: Patients spending too long in mental health units

Mental Health Commission of Ireland: Patients spending too long in mental health units

People are spending more time in acute mental health units than they need to, according to the Mental Health Commission of Ireland.

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Irish Examiner View: Mental health review - Still trying to hit 2006 target

Irish Examiner View: Mental health review - Still trying to hit 2006 target

Last weekend’s tragic death of television presenter Caroline Flack, 40, is the latest high-profile example of a person overwhelmed by life’s often unfair circumstances, by the world’s relentless intrusion into what should be private,secure space.

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One critical, five high risk non-compliance ratings identified at two mental health units

One critical, five high risk non-compliance ratings identified at two mental health units

The Mental Health Commission has identified one critical and five high-risk non-compliance ratings at two of the country’s in-patient mental health units.

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'Long-hours culture' must be addressed as part of workplace wellbeing agenda - study

'Long-hours culture' must be addressed as part of workplace wellbeing agenda - study

More workplaces are recognising the need for employee wellbeing to be high on its agenda, according to a new study.

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Open mind: Changing face of men's mental health

Open mind: Changing face of men's mental health

Sports stars are encouraging a growing number of young men to seek help with their mental health.

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Therapists 'regret' HSE's new Assessment of Need model for vulnerable children

Therapists 'regret' HSE's new Assessment of Need model for vulnerable children

Psychologists and therapists have railed against fresh moves by the HSE to introduce a new Assessment of Need (AON) model for children, two years after a row over the issue first blew up.

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Players afraid to speak out on mental health due to impact on career – Sordell

Players afraid to speak out on mental health due to impact on career – Sordell

The former Watford and Bolton player retired at the age of 28, after struggling with mental health issues.

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Nearly 100 children waiting at least 18 months for appointment with mental health service

Nearly 100 children waiting at least 18 months for appointment with mental health service

According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, more than 50 kids have been on the list for more than two years.

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Suicidal man found twice in one night by volunteers

Suicidal man found twice in one night by volunteers

The founder of Claddagh Watch Patrol, a voluntary organisation that aims to prevent accidental deaths and suicides in Galway, has spoken of how a troubled man was released by emergency services last weekend and had to be stopped from entering the water on two occasions.

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Power of positivity: The tools helping kids deal with worry, stress, and change

Power of positivity: The tools helping kids deal with worry, stress, and change

Áilín Quinlan hears about a programme helping school children to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress, and change.

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Psychiatrists group warns to be cautious of information in leaflet on antipsychotic medicines

Psychiatrists group warns to be cautious of information in leaflet on antipsychotic medicines

People are being warned to be cautious of information on mental health being distributed by a Scientology-linked group.

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Mental Health Commission identifies nine areas of high risk non-compliance

Mental Health Commission identifies nine areas of high risk non-compliance

The Mental Health Commission has identified two critical and nine areas of high risk non-compliance at centres in Dublin and Laois.

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Failing mental health services: Details of crisis all too familiar

Failing mental health services: Details of crisis all too familiar

On Saturday, we described how a man committed suicide in prison. Sean Hayes Barrett was mentally ill and should have been in a hospital where his urgent needs might have been met. In the interim, an election opinion poll has been published. It must make disheartening reading for the Government, as they are 12 points behind Fianna Fáil.

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Mother fears dissolution of Dáil could push back online harassment laws

Mother fears dissolution of Dáil could push back online harassment laws

The heartbroken mother of a 21-year old who took her own life because of bullying says she hopes new legislation in her daughter's name will not be delayed by any new Government.

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Over 200 children sent to adult psychiatric units since 2017

Over 200 children sent to adult psychiatric units since 2017

The HSE says kids are only admitted to adult units after efforts to place them in child and adolescent facilities are unsuccessful.

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Learning Points: Find happiness within yourself, in little moments

Learning Points: Find happiness within yourself, in little moments

Everywhere you look this time of year, we are bombarded with ubiquitous ads offering; better,healthier, fitter and happier you.

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Could a gentle January be the key to a healthier, happier new decade?

Could a gentle January be the key to a healthier, happier new decade?

Whatever your goals, Abi Jackson ponders the subtle power of swapping punishing resolutions for more mindful and nourishing intentions.

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Louise O'Neill: 'Give yourself the pep talk you'd give a child'

Louise O'Neill: 'Give yourself the pep talk you'd give a child'

I was at FemFest recently, a conference organised by the National Women’s Council of Ireland for young women between the ages of 16 and 25.

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Incidents of physically restraining mentally ill patients up 57% in last 10 years

Incidents of physically restraining mentally ill patients up 57% in last 10 years

There were 7,420 episodes of restrictive practices reported in 2017 and 7,464 in 2018.

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Report: Patient at Central Mental Hospital secluded for 111 hours

Report: Patient at Central Mental Hospital secluded for 111 hours

The Mental Health Commission estimates that there has been a 57% increase in the use of restrictive practices on inpatients in Ireland's mental health facilities over the last yen years.

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Standard of mental health care should not be tolerated

Standard of mental health care should not be tolerated

Mental health difficulties affect every family in Ireland — so why aren’t we protesting in the streets, asks Paul Gilligan

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People with complex needs end up in prison as it is only service with no waiting list, says expert

People with complex needs end up in prison as it is only service with no waiting list, says expert

All too often people with complex and challenging needs end up in prison because it is the only service with no waiting list, a mental health expert has said.

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20,000 mental health appointments for children and adolescents were unattended in 2018

20,000 mental health appointments for children and adolescents were unattended in 2018

10% of Child and Adolescent Mental Health appointments were unattended last year.

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Ministers say new mental health support line could 'save lives'

Ministers say new mental health support line could 'save lives'

Lives could be saved thanks to a new mental health support hotline, ministers say.

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New nationwide mental health phone line launched

New nationwide mental health phone line launched

A new nationwide mental health phone line has been launched to help people access support and information.

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24-hour helpline to direct callers to over 1,000 mental health support services

24-hour helpline to direct callers to over 1,000 mental health support services

A national 24-hour hotline to advise concerned callers about contacting over 1,000 mental health supports and services will be launched today.

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Ink to make you think: Tattoos helping people overcome traumas and conflicts in life

Ink to make you think: Tattoos helping people overcome traumas and conflicts in life

Geraldine Walsh talked to women for whom tattoos are not simply an affectation, but rather an important part of their recovery from trauma.

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SIPTU tells Oireachtas committee health service cannot continue to rely on agency staff to fill vacancies

SIPTU tells Oireachtas committee health service cannot continue to rely on agency staff to fill vacancies

The current model of funding for the health service is “destined to fail” each year, trade union SIPTU has told the Oireachtas health committee.

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Lack of rehab means 1,000 people in supervised residential centres cannot move to more independent living

Lack of rehab means 1,000 people in supervised residential centres cannot move to more independent living

A Vision for Change – a strategy document published in 2006 that set out the direction of mental health services in Ireland - recommended the establishment of 48 rehabilitation teams based on the current population.

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New survey shows 'alarming' growth in levels of anxiety and depression among young

New survey shows 'alarming' growth in levels of anxiety and depression among young

More than one in five adolescents suffer from severe anxiety, it has emerged.

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Quarter of young people in Ireland suffer from severe anxiety

Quarter of young people in Ireland suffer from severe anxiety

Dr Joseph Duffy, CEO of Jigsaw, says while young people today are more aware of their mental health, social media is having a big impact

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Bilingualism and dementia: how some patients lose their second language and rediscover their first

Bilingualism and dementia: how some patients lose their second language and rediscover their first

Being bilingual can delay onset of dementia, but sometimes patients revert to their mother tongue, leaving them isolated.

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GPs must stop putting people into diagnostic boxes and pause before prescribing antidepressants

GPs must stop putting people into diagnostic boxes and pause before prescribing antidepressants

UCC hosts a major mental health conference tomorrow and Thursday and in advance of the conference Bryan McElroy, an Irish GP working in the NHS, says Ireland needs to examine its approach to antidepressants.

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Study finds 35% of under 35 have mental health issues

Study finds 35% of under 35 have mental health issues

Stress, anxiety and mental health issues are more common among under 35s, according to a new study.

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Decoding anxiety: The mental health pioneer who was ahead of her time

Decoding anxiety: The mental health pioneer who was ahead of her time

Mental health pioneer Dr Claire Weekes developed a successful technique for treating panic attacks, but was largely ignored by the establishment, says Marjorie Brennan.

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More than 2bn people play them worldwide but can you really get addicted to video games?

More than 2bn people play them worldwide but can you really get addicted to video games?

Video games are now played by more than 2bn people worldwide — but despite affecting up to 8% of players, addiction still isn’t widely recognised, says Ferris Jabr.

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Mental health services putting staff and patients under 'intolerable pressure'

Mental health services putting staff and patients under 'intolerable pressure'

Overcrowding in mental health services in Waterford is putting staff and patients under ‘intolerable pressure’, the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) has warned.

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Central Mental Hospital 'has only two beds for every 100,000 people in Ireland'

Central Mental Hospital 'has only two beds for every 100,000 people in Ireland'

There are only two beds in the Central Mental Hospital for every 100,000 people in the country, according to Fianna Fáil.

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Children’s Ombudsman: Young people have died by suicide because of Government’s ‘inaction’ on mental health

Children’s Ombudsman: Young people have died by suicide because of Government’s ‘inaction’ on mental health

Dr Niall Muldoon is extremely critical of the state's failure to put in place an initiative that was first suggested more than five years ago.

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Government’s eyes glaze over at mention of Traveller mental health, senator says

Government’s eyes glaze over at mention of Traveller mental health, senator says

Senator Joan Freeman is a dedicated mental health campaigner.

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